Senior Buyer – Engineering

Senior Buyer – Interim / Engineering

Our client, an engineering company which specializes in supplying the defence sector, was carrying out a major overhaul of its procurement capability and needed to engage a Senior Buyer to review its systems and procedures and ensure that it was not only working in the most efficient and cost effective way possible but also that it was positioned so that it could expand into new markets.

The ideal candidate would need to have experience of purchasing in medium/heavy engineering environments, an understanding of carrying out strategic purchasing to contractual requirements, and a sound knowledge of manufacturing processes, including machining and general fabrication. The key was that the interim needed to be able to relatively quickly be able to look at the best way to procure what was needed to enable the business to compete effectively in the international market-place in a relatively capital intensive industry.

Our client needed to engage an interim quickly and Wickland Westcott identified two potential candidates within five days of being notified about the assignment, both of whom were interviewed by the client and one offered to start the following week on a 6 month contract. The successful candidate had a track record in building strong supply chains, introducing efficiency savings and in the negotiation and management of contracts on behalf of similar sized businesses in related sectors. As such, he was able to add value quickly, realizing cost savings and putting in place systems to manage new contracts more effectively.

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